Curing HELOC Debt With Reverse Mortgage

Reverse Mortgage Seattle Lynnwood Edmonds Shoreline WashingtonA HELOC is the acronym for Home Equity Line of Credit, and thousands in the Seattle area have taken advantage of it. When the housing boom was in full swing a number of years ago, the values of personal homes gave their owners a strong resource to draw upon in the form of a loan.  Unfortunately many of these loans amortized, leaving the borrowers with higher than predicted payments and long term loans.

Seniors 62 or older with a HELOC loan may be able to utilize a reverse mortgage to relieve the financial burden.  The HECM, or Reverse Mortgage, provides the borrower with non-taxable income that will not affect social security or Medicare, and can be used for whatever the borrower sees fit. The funds from the loan can also be received in various options such as monthly payments or line of credit. Seeking the advice of a reputable reverse mortgage lender can help you make these decisions.  During the application process, the HELOC will be discussed and a options of paying it off will be laid out.

If you do not presently have a HELOC but are considering one, put reverse mortgage on the table for a consideration as well. There will be advantages to both options giving you a sense of freedom to have choices.

Reverse mortgages are available to seniors from all walks of life, including married couples, and they will incur NO mortgage or loan payments.  The amount of funds a borrower can receive is based primarily on two things – the amount of equity in the home and the age of the borrower.  Although these are technically loans, they do not need to be paid back until the last borrower leaves the home permanently, at which time there are various options.

Janis Layman is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the Seattle, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Shoreline areas of Washington.  Contact Janis and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.


Are Funds From Reverse Mortgages Taxable?

Reverse Mortgage Seattle Lynnwood Edmonds Shoreline WashingtonIt’s the New Year!  This means new possibilities and new opportunities are abound!  But it also means it’s time to get business in order in preparation for tax season.  It’s common during this time of year for me to receive many questions regarding taxes and reverse mortgage– from both those considering a reverse mortgage, and those who already have a reverse mortgage.

Here are the two most common questions I get:

Are the funds from my reverse mortgage considered “taxable income”? 

No.  This can often be a huge benefit of a reverse mortgage – the funds received are NOT taxable, meaning they do not count as income.  This can be a positive compared to other types of retirement income, including various investments, some of which are taxable.  Because the funds received from a reverse mortgage are technically an advance on a loan, any payments or lump sums received are not taxable income and do not need to be reported on a tax return.  They also typically do not affect Social Security or Medicare payments.

Is the interest from my loan deductible? 

No.  Because reverse mortgage holders do not make monthly mortgage payments and typically the interest is not paid until the loan is paid in full, the interest from a reverse mortgage loan is not deductible on a tax return.  This is also the case with a reverse mortgage for purchase loan.

FHA insured reverse mortgages are available to homeowners 62 and older in the Seattle, Washington and surrounding areas.   These loans allow the borrower to live mortgage payment free and receive their loan payment in monthly installments, a line of credit, a lump sum, and even as a tool to purchase a new home.  All borrowers are required to participate in third party counseling to ensure all their questions are adequately answered before making a decision.

Janis Layman is a Reverse Mortgage Specialist serving the Seattle, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Shoreline areas of Washington.  Contact Janis and learn if reverse mortgage is right for you.